United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Interreligious Chaplaincy

The Master of Divinity in Interreligious Chaplaincy Degree program will prepare you for a career in chaplaincy and provide you with interreligious and intercultural spiritual care competency. You’ll learn to serve as an effective and compassionate minister, working with people from diverse faith backgrounds and walks of life.

This interfaith chaplaincy program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue a career in chaplaincy in any of a number of contexts, including:

  • The military
  • Hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • Prisons
  • Schools
  • First responder units
  • Corporate settings

You also may pursue a career providing pastoral and spiritual care within religious and spiritual communities.


In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Interreligious Chaplaincy program will be able to:

  • demonstrate skills for effective, professional, ethical, and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care to a diversity of persons;
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context;
  • articulate effective strategies for pastoral/spiritual care and counseling with a person or group of a given cultural identity that demonstrate an informed understanding of the student’s own culture(s) and theology, as well as the behavioral and social sciences;
  • articulate effective strategies for providing spiritual care in a given interreligious setting; and
  • demonstrate skills and articulate strategies for providing effective spiritual care for those experiencing trauma in a variety of given situations.


United’s MDiv at a Glance

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • A final thesis or project is not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including Interreligious Chaplaincy, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Employment as a chaplain requires completion of additional CPE units beyond United’s degree requirements and endorsement/support by a recognized faith group, which may require additional coursework. BCCI certification, which is a common employment requirement, requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an additional 2,000 hours of chaplaincy work experience after CPE.

Program Course Guide Sheet for Academic Year 2023–2024

Religious Texts 4
Introduction to Religious Texts
Two 2000-level Religious Texts courses
Choose one:
Biblical Exegesis
One additional 2000-level Religious Texts course
Theological Tradition 4
Invitation to Theology: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Constructive Theology
One additional Theology and Religion course
Ethics/Justice 2
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 2
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Social Enterprise
Cultural Contextualization 1
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 MDiv Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8
Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Intercultural Approaches to Chaplaincy
Interreligious Approaches to Chaplaincy
Trauma, Suffering and Care
Two elective courses
CPE Internship
* Students may petition the Registrar to substitute Hebrew Bible 2 for an RT course about another religious tradition.


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